Justin Bour hit his seventh home run in 11 games in the ninth inning of Sunday’s finale in Los Angeles, but the Marlins were overpowered by the Adrian Gonzalez led Dodgers, 6-3.
Vance Worley (0-1) got the start for Miami -- his first of the season after having his contract selected from Triple-A New Orleans on Saturday -- and retired the first two batters of the first inning. He then allowed Cody Bellinger to reach on a single to right followed by a Yasmani Grandal double to left, which set up Adrian Gonzalez’s two-RBI double to put Miami behind early. Joc Pederson crushed a home run to right in the fourth inning, which extended the Dodgers lead to 3-0. Worley was taken out of the game after throwing 4.0 innings of work in his 2017 debut. He allowed three runs on six hits while striking out two with one walk.
Brandon McCarthy (4-1) took the mound for the Dodgers in this game and had a perfect game going through 5.2 innings before Derek Dietrich doubled to left. A.J. Ellis then smashed a single to right scoring Dietrich to put Miami on the board and cut the deficit to 3-1. McCarthy finished the game after the sixth and gave up just one run on three hits while striking out five with one walk.
The Dodgers (26-19) extended its lead in the fifth inning after Gonzalez singled to right scoring Grandal once again. Adrian was unstoppable going 3-4 with three RBI’s. Los Angeles scored again, extended their lead to 6-1, in the sixth inning on a Brett Eibner single. The Miami bullpen continues to struggle as Brad Ziegler allowed two hits and two runs in his one inning of work.
The Miami bats came alive in the latter innings with a Marcell Ozuna RBI single in the eighth inning and a Justin Bour solo home run in the ninth -- his 12th of the season.
The Marlins (15-28) have Monday off and begin a short five-game week against the Oakland Athletics Tuesday night before heading back home to take on the Los Angeles Angels next weekend. Jose Urena will take the mound against the Athletics on Tuesday as the Fish try to sort out their early season problems. The Marlins have lost 20 of their last 25 games -- worst in the MLB.
Hero of the Game: Adrian Gonzalez (.270)
Villain of the Game: Vance Worley (-.160)
Play of the Game: Adrian Gonzalez’s first-inning double (.179)